Dickson family fights to get foster child, 9, back - WKRN News 2

Dickson family fights to get foster child, 9, back

Posted: Updated: April 6, 2014 3:16 PM CDT
DICKSON, Tenn. -

A Dickson County family whose foster daughter went to live with her biological father in Nebraska earlier this year received its first glimmer of hope in their fight to get her back Wednesday.

A judge granted David and Kim Hodgin a petition to intervene, setting a hearing in the case for May 15.

Sonya McCaul lived with her foster parents for more than eight years. Her biological mother signed over parental rights while her father was in jail.

Last year, when the father was released from jail, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services restored his parental rights and Sonya was sent to live with him in Nebraska in late January.

"She belongs here. We are all she knew and they just took her, they took her in just a matter of two hours. She had no idea they were about to take her away from the only people she ever known and her life," Tim McElhiney, who Sonya has known as an uncle, told Nashville's News 2.

McElhiney said Sonya, a softball player and gymnast, was uprooted from the only family she has ever known.

"No warning. Can you imagine how horrible it is for a child? And us? We didn't even say good bye. There was no transition period. There was no warning. They just took her and they put her with someone that she didn't know," McElhiney continued.

He says the family hasn't talked to her since.

"This could've been done much better than the way they did it," he said.

Wednesday, dozens gathered inside the courthouse in Dickson County in support of the family.

The community has also set up a Web site and Facebook page called Bring Sonya Home. The Facebook page has more than 10,000 likes.

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